New Brunswick

Fredericton graveyard reinforced to avoid river erosion

A Fredericton church is trying to reinforce the riverbank to prevent its graveyard from sliding into the St. John River.

St. Dunstan's is reinforcing its Hermitage Cemetery to keep it from sliding into the St. John River

St. Dunstan's Catholic Church is reinforcing the riverbank to prevent erosion to its Hermitage Cemetery. (St. Dunstan's Catholic Church)

A Fredericton church is trying to reinforce the riverbank to prevent its graveyard from sliding into the St. John River.

Fredericton's St. Dunstan's Catholic Church has started repairs behind the Hermitage cemetery along Woodstock Road and is hoping to have the issue fixed before winter weather hits.

Father Bill Brennan said people at the church noticed erosion on the riverbank and want to stop further damage.

"The concern was just that the cemetery goes right to the river, the cemetery property goes right to the riverbank and so as erosion issues come in, this riverbank is starting to drop," he said.

"So we just wanted to make sure all the graves are safe there and we protect them from being affected by all the erosion issues." 

Trucks have been delivering large rocks and gravel to the site so crews can build up the riverbank.

Brennan said no cemetery plot has been lost to erosion so far.

"We've put in a plan to basically put a rock slope, different grades of rock that will prevent erosion from eating away at our riverbank and affecting our graves," he said.

"So we're doing some preventative work there because of erosion issues that are evident."

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